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About Exertis

Exertis is one of Europe's largest and fastest growing technology distribution and specialist service providers, delivering innovative solutions and services across Supply Chain Services, Sales & Distribution, Marketing, PR and Digital services. Partnered with 400+ global technology brands and over 45,000 resellers, e-commerce operators and retailers across Europe, Exertis had a 2016/2017 turnover of £2.044 billion with 17% growth.

Exertis first contacted Orion regarding replacing a legacy GXS solution that was failing to meet the performance required. A pilot system was installed in October 2015, and a full system was adopted at the beginning of 2016, with production and test environments and a DMZ system providing additional security for incoming external connections.

PathFinder at Exertis

The migration from GXS was designed to be gradual; with many message profiles and companies involved, and the requirement that the migration needed to be seamless from the point of view of the trading partners. In fact, at the time of writing the move from GXS is 90% complete, and will be finished this year (2017); the migration has been completed without requiring trading partners to make any changes at all.

Running on Linux, the current load is upwards of 32000 transactions per day, interfacing to Oracle's ERP solution and exchanging data using multiple protocols, including AS/2, SFTP, HTTP push, RosettaNet and Value Added Network (VAN). Data formats include multiple XML variations, EDIFACT, Tradacoms, CSV, and various other bespoke formats.

In addition to incoming and outgoing EDI, the system is processing over 600 price and availability files per hour, to provide customers with live information for their own websites. These files used to take over 150 seconds each to process on the legacy system; on PathFinder they take 3 seconds per file. This has enabled Exertis to dramatically increase the number of customers that they provide this service for and consequently provide the potential to increase business as a result.

Orion's PathFinder Datastore module is used for long term indexed storage of data.

In addition to the GXS migration, an additional server was later installed to handle EDI for a new acquisition of the company, and Orion are currently assisting in another large project, as Exertis transition from their Oracle system to SAP.

Customer Comments

"Orion was chosen as the EDI system supplier for  these projects as Pathfinder provides all the connectivity required to communicate with our suppliers and customers with all the required EDI formats - out of the box.

Orion have also listened to us and incorporated our requirements into subsequent releases of the PathFinder product. The Orion team at all stages of the decision making, development and deployment of the PathFinder product instilled us with the necessary confidence that they knew their subject matter and were able to help guide and advise us to make the correct strategic decisions."

Darren Yull, Director – Integration and Web Services, Exertis UK & Ireland


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"We have been using PathFinder since 2004 and we continue to be very impressed with what the product provides and the service we receive from Orion. PathFinder is very user friendly and gives excellent visibility of all the various processes. We are now acting as the EDI hub for several Hitachi companies and we couldn’t have done this without PathFinder."
Gillian Tew, EDI Manager, Hitachi Europe Ltd